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Mercury's Anomalous Composition
Nov 20, 2012

Images of Mercury reveal an unusual blend of mineral compounds in its surface structure, as well as a thin atmosphere.

The planet Mercury is 4878 kilometers in diameter. The moons Ganymede and Titan are both larger, while Earth’s moon is slightly smaller. Mercury orbits the Sun at a mean distance of 57,910,000 kilometers—a year on Mercury lasts a mere 88 days. Since Mercury rotates every 58.6 days, the planet completes three rotations for every two orbits about the Sun. Close proximity to its primary means that temperatures on Mercury can reach 427 Celsius when the Sun is at its zenith.

Being two-thirds closer to the Sun, Mercury receives an average of nine times more radiation at its surface than Earth. The searing heat, as well as intense bombardment by charged particles from the Sun, pose a dilemma for planetary scientists: Mercury has a thin but detectable atmosphere. How a planet with such a weak gravity field (only 38% as great as Earth) and with so much “erosion” by solar radiation can retain the smallest remnant of an atmosphere is a mystery...................... [link to www.thunderbolts.info]
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